October 11, 2013
Dear Family of Sister Latham,
We are pleased to inform that your daughter has arrived safe and sound and smiling to the Chile Osorno Mission. It was a pleasure for us to greet your daughter upon her arrival and feel her desire to serve. Enclosed is a picture that we took with her shortly after her arrival. After a short period of orientation regarding mission procedures, customs of the country, etc., we assigned Sister Latham to work in the city of Pucon with Sister Nappa as her companion. Your daughter's address during her time in the mission will be:
Sister Melanie Latham
Sister Rappleye and I love our missionaries and are truly happy to have the opportunity to work with Sister Latham. We appreciate your willingness to share her with us as she works as a missionary and ambassador for the Lord in Chile. Sharing the gospel with these deserving children of our Father in Heaven will certainly bring great joy and satisfaction to her, and to you as well. Thank you so much for helping her get to this point.
Please write her regularly–at least once a week. Your love, interest, and support will be of great help to her. Should there be any emergency or if you desire information regarding any urgent situation, please feel free to contact the Missionary Department in Salt Lake City rather than go to the expense of phoning the mission here in Chile.
The missionary work is progressing rapidly here in southern Chile, and I hope that you will share in her exciting mission experience as Sister Latham writes to you weekly and keeps you informed of her challenges and achievements and experiences.
President John E. Rappleye
Chile Osorno Mission